Photon Micro-Light Freedom
Photon Micro-Light Freedom

Best key-ring flashlight

Reviews recommend this tiny LED flashlight for its adjustable brightness, tiny size and light weight. It's smaller than a quarter, durable and water-resistant. It throws usable light about 20 feet, and owners recommend it for a walk at night or reading a map. You can even summon rescuers with a strobe mode, visible for about a mile. In addition to a key ring, the flashlight comes with a detachable magnetic clip and lanyard. It carries a lifetime warranty.
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Fenix P2D-CE
Fenix P2D-CE

Best travel flashlight

Judged the best everyday flashlight for a purse, glove compartment or backpack, reviews say the waterproof, shock-resistant Fenix P2D-CE uses a voltage regulator to keep light consistent as batteries fade. You can adjust the LED brightness among three levels or use a strobe for emergencies. Though it's only 3.25 inches long, the medium setting puts out as much light as a big MagLite 3D. It offers plenty of run time for everyday use -- up to 30 hours at the lowest brightness setting. The Fenix P2D-CE carries a lifetime warranty.
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Streamlight ProPolymer 3C 33244
Streamlight ProPolymer 3C 33244

Best household LED flashlight

Good for use around the house and in the garage, this 10-inch flashlight has a sturdy, nonconductive polymer case, ideal for working around electrical wiring. It uses three C batteries, yet puts out as much light as a bigger, heavier incandescent MagLite 3D. A voltage regulator keeps the light bright much longer than on a MagLite, and reviews say the single level of light is good for intermediate-range tasks such as cooking or changing a tire. The flashlight comes with a clip and lanyard, and it carries a lifetime warranty.
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Electrilite Crank Flashlight
Electrilite Crank Flashlight

Emergency crank flashlight

Reviews confirm that winding the handle of this five-LED flashlight for one minute charges its battery enough for about half an hour of bright light. For longer runtime, you can use fewer than all five LEDs. It's not waterproof or built for lifetime durability, but since it can also charge most cell phones, this is a good supplementary flashlight. The Electrilite flashlight is covered by a 30-day refund policy.
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*Est. $20 Estimated Price
Stanley MaxLife Tripod 369
Stanley MaxLife Tripod 369

Budget utility flashlight

Though we read complaints that the Stanley needs to be brighter, the MaxLife Tripod 369 has unusual versatility. You can use it as a handheld flashlight with the three aluminum legs folded together, or you can spread them out for a hands-free work light. It can run from three, six or nine AA alkaline cells, and output light from one, three or all six LEDs. Runtime is very good, and it can operate for days from nine batteries. Some complain that the head pivots too easily and that there's no way to tighten it, however.
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*Est. $25 Estimated Price
BoGo Light
BoGo Light

Solar flashlight

"BoGo" stands for "buy one give one," and buying one of these solar LED flashlights also gives one to a villager in a developing country (or to a serviceman in Iraq or Afghanistan), providing light to some of the 2 billion people who now burn kerosene for light. Eight hours of sunlight recharges the three AAA NiMH batteries enough for four or five hours of reading light.
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